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List Rules Vote for the best Australian bands and musical groups!

Who are the best Australian bands? The best bands from Australia you'll find on this list come from a variety of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk, and acoustic. Sometimes known as "Oz Rock," rock n' roll has prevailed in Australia for the past 50 years.  

Three distinct types of rock made their way to the outback between 1955 - 1975. The first wave in the '50s was influenced by both American and British music. Most of the tunes in this era were fairly clean-cut acts, and often appeared on Bandstand. However, the Beatles swooped in shortly after and changed everything. With them came other pop acts, such as The BeeGees and The Easybeats. The third wave occurred in the early '70s, and influenced a new style of rock called "pub rock." The most famous pub rock band to come out of this decade was of course, AC/DC.  

Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Australian musicians to discover some great new bands and artists. Vote up the best Australian bands, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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INXS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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2,030 885
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
2,158 396
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Cold Chisel Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

4
1,409 747
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

5
986 790
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Crowded House New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

6
877 1,170
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

7
869 949
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Men at Work New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

8
867 323
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PaulCollins added The Angels Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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582 410
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hunters & Collectors Rock music

10
710 559
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PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

11
644 375
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PaulCollins added Australian Crawl Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
577 327
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PaulCollins added Divinyls New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

13
549 284
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PaulCollins added Paul Kelly Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

14
694 431
The Church is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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493 554
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PaulCollins added Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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684 308
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PaulCollins added Hoodoo Gurus New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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723 219
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Jimmy Barnes Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
605 398
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

19
554 249
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

20
465 235
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PaulCollins added Skyhooks Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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482 383
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PaulCollins added Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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423 547
Jet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jet Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

23
284 230
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Mondo Rock Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

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384 240
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PaulCollins added Mental As Anything New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

25
343 633
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

26
591 442
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

27
501 992
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

28
405 280
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Living End Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

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455 229
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PaulCollins added Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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353 145
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Ian Moss Rock music, Blues

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407 195
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PaulCollins added Choirboys Pub rock, Hard rock

32
516 441
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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361 193
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rose Tattoo Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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248 176
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PaulCollins added Models Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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338 210
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PaulCollins added Noiseworks Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

36
315 291
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added The Saints Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

37
329 200
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PaulCollins added Screaming Jets Pub rock, Hard rock

38
409 456
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

39
303 453
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

40
525 842
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PaulCollins added 5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

41
301 199
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Daddy Cool Rock music

42
305 305
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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287 183
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Baby Animals Rock music, Indie rock

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286 194
Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Johnny Diesel Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

45
218 329
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PaulCollins added Eskimo Joe Alternative rock, Indie rock

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272 190
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Billy Thorpe Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

47
340 417
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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278 500
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PaulCollins added Empire of the Sun Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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306 274
John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added John Farnham Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

50
213 412
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop